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JAMES F. CROSSLAND v. BENSALEM TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT (08/23/83)

decided: August 23, 1983.

JAMES F. CROSSLAND, PETITIONER
v.
BENSALEM TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT, RESPONDENT



Appeal from the Order of the Secretary of Education in the case of James F. Crossland v. Bensalem Township School District, Teacher Tenure Appeal No. 21-80.

COUNSEL

Ward F. Clark, Pratt, Clark, Gathright & Brett, for petitioner.

Catherine Votaw, with her D. Donald Jamieson and Steven R. Williams, Mesirov, Gelman, Jaffe, Cramer & Jamieson, for respondent.

Judges Blatt, MacPhail and Barbieri, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge Blatt.

Author: Blatt

[ 76 Pa. Commw. Page 512]

James F. Crossland appeals an order of the Secretary of Education sustaining his dismissal from the position of principal of Cecilia Snyder Middle

[ 76 Pa. Commw. Page 513]

School by the Board of School Directors (Board) of the Bensalem Township School District (District) on the grounds of incompetency and persistent negligence.

Crossland first argues that the finding that he was "incompetent" and "persistently negligent" is not supported by substantial evidence in the record. A careful reading of the record, however, reveals that the following findings of fact are supported by the testimony received during the 11 days of hearings.

20. On April 24, 1979, Appellant was directed to review textbooks which were five years old for possible replacement. Although this task was to be completed by June 30, 1979, Mr. Crossland had not complied with this directive by November 13, 1979.

21. Although reminded several times, Appellant did not supply program codes for the budget as directed.

22. Despite several warnings, Appellant did not submit his yearly goals to Dr. Snyder by September 12, 1979 as requested on August 30, 1979. These goals were ...


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